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William W. Norton (written by)
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Release Date:
22 October 1973 (Sweden) See more »
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If You Haven't Seen "White Lightning" You Haven't Seen Burt Reynolds See more »
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An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring. | Add synopsis »
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Unforgettable. A great movie. See more (32 total) »

Cast

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Burt Reynolds ... Gator McKlusky
Jennifer Billingsley ... Lou

Ned Beatty ... Sheriff J.C. Connors

Bo Hopkins ... Roy Boone

Matt Clark ... Dude Watson
Louise Latham ... Martha Culpepper

Diane Ladd ... Maggie (as Diane Lad)

R.G. Armstrong ... Big Bear
Conlan Carter ... Deputy

Dabbs Greer ... Pa McKlusky
Lincoln Demyan ... Warden
John Steadman ... Skeeter
Iris Korn ... Ma McKlusky
Stephanie Burchfield ... Jenny
Barbara Muller ... Louella
Robert Ginnaven ... Harvey
Fay Martin ... Sister Linda Fay
Richard Allin ... Treasury Agent
Bill Bond ... Treasury Agent
Sherry Boucher ... Sherry Lynne
Glenn R. Wilder ... Junior (as Glenn Wilder)
Dick Ziker ... Highway Patrol

Buddy Joe Hooker ... Highway Patrol
Cathy Finley ... Student
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Laura Dern ... Sharon Anne, Maggie's Daughter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joseph Sargent 
 
Writing credits
William W. Norton (written by) (as William Norton)

Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer
Jules V. Levy .... producer
Arnold Laven .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Rosson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Jay Nicholson  (as George Nicholson)
 
Casting by
Ross Brown 
 
Set Decoration by
Eric Gorder 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Butler (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Tom Ellingwood .... makeup artist
Marlene Kolstad .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Elliot Schick .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Efros .... second assistant director
Hal Needham .... second unit director
Edward Teets .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Fairbanks .... property master
Craig Binkley .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Donald F. Johnson .... sound (as Don Johnson)
Marvin Kerner .... sound effects editor (as Marv Kerner)
John Lipow .... sound effects editor
Hal Watkins .... sound re-recordist
Kenneth Schwarz .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
 
Stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunt double: Burt Reynolds (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack L. Richards .... photographer: second unit (as Jack Richards)
Warren Burke Gerrard .... best boy (uncredited)
John Isaacs .... gaffer (uncredited)
Edmond L. Koons .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ken Mazawa .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Walter Nichols .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Ed Nielson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Phil Segura .... still photographer (uncredited)
Lonnie Stewart .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Tureen .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Gary Van Auken .... key grip (uncredited)
Joseph Viveros .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Vombrack .... camera operator: Chicago (uncredited)
Julian Wilson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Butler .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Paul Casella Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Rudy Beilicke .... driver: Cinemobile (uncredited)
Jerry F. Johnson .... transportation driver (uncredited)
Hank Nesel .... transportation driver (uncredited)
Howard A. Small .... transportation driver (uncredited)
James Womack .... transportation driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James R. Rokos .... assistant to producers (as James Rokos)
Millie Rorke .... assistant to producers
Connie Bixler .... travel coordinator (uncredited)
Stanley Brooks .... disbursing agent: UA (uncredited)
Natalie Drache .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jean Gingerich .... location auditor (uncredited)
Sherry Meller .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Teresa Stokovic .... production secretary (uncredited)
Arthur Wilde .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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101 min
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Trivia:
This movie's original title was 'McKlusky' which is the surname of the main character, Gator McKlusky, played by Burt Reynolds. Interestingly, the sequel to this movie was named after this character's first name, Gator (1976).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Feds give Gator his brown '71 Custom, they are driving a silver with black vinyl roof '71 Ford LTD with the small lug cover hub caps. This same car is used when Roy drives Dude's wife to the funeral.See more »
Quotes:
Highway Patrol:You OK?
Sheriff Connors:You see me walkin', don't ya?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases (2010) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Way Down UnderSee more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Unforgettable. A great movie., 22 November 2006
Author: clint2442000 from United States

They certainly don't make movies like this anymore. Likable characters, good story, a very charismatic Burt Reynolds. As for the action, I would take well-filmed, exciting car chase and action sequences as seen in White Lightning over CGI special effects in today's films any day! Rural locations in the South are also used to great effect. You can almost feel the cold water of the swamp in a great opening sequence, the ears of corn bouncing off the windshield as Reynolds drives the souped-up Ford through a cornfield, and the dust coming off the tires. As also observed by movie critic Roger Ebert, today's special effects- laden movies have forgotten how to make the location of the story, the land, a character in itself. After seeing this film at a drive-in theater around 1975, White Lighting was a "bad influence" on a kid as I was in rural Wisconsin who had just gotten his driving license. I would discreetly take the parent's car and my friends out on dusty, dirt roads in the countryside to execute "some Burt Reynolds style" driving. In addition, some parts of the movie are even touching. These include when Reynolds meets his parents for the first time after spending time in prison. And when Reynolds prior to the big chase sequence at the end proclaims his confusion to a young woman at the "Home For Young Mothers" as to why his brother who tried to make something of himself was murdered while he "had not done a damn good thing" his entire life. Enough of my ramblings. In summary, a movie with a number of added dimensions to put it far above and beyond a standard action movie. A pure classic.

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